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Bluebird Nemesia fruticans

Flower Season
  • Fall
Mature Size
12" 18"
Height: 10" - 12"
Spread: 12" - 18"
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    I eat SUNLIGHT for breakfast.

    Clove-scented blue flowers all season; excellent for early spring

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    Fall Interest
    Deadheading Not Necessary


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    10 - 12 Inches
    8 - 10 Inches
    12 - 18 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Hard Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in hanging baskets, window boxes, landscaping and combinations

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Self-cleaning, no deadheading necessary. Plants may be trimmed back with a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears at anytime, although this is not usually necessary. Plants may flush out of flower if night temperatures begin to stay in the upper 70's or above. If this happens a light trim to shape them would be good. The trim will increase branching and will result in more flowers once the temperatures fall and the plants begin flowering again.

    A yearly application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.

    Bluebird Nemesia fruticans 'Hubbird' USPP 12,014, Can 1,634
  • 14 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Looked beautiful, prolific bloomer, bright colors BUT...after relentless rain for 3 weeks in June, the plants I had in partial shade succumbed to stem rot. I have to give them credit, they really tried to tough it out and put out one last big batch of flowers, but, alas, were feeding millipedes by mid July and had to be pulled. I noticed that out of four colors I tried- red, blue, white & all four did great in the sun (probably because the soil could dry out a little between rainstorms.) The ones in part shade died in the following order (with a week or two in between) blue, yellow/blue bicolor, white, red. It wasn't anything I did, as "Grower information" states the following: "A well drained soil mix is required to produce consistently high quality plants with minimal or no losses. Sunsatia Nemesia does not perform well if grown in a constantly saturated soil mix. Root systems will not expand, root and stem rots can occur, and eventually plant collapse and rot will develop if kept too wet." So, yeah. I would definitely try again for the colors alone! I know if we get too much rain they will die, even in potting soil (which they were in this year) but I'd be willing to take the chance, as long as all of the plants were in full sun.

      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • Russell Studebaker
      , Florida
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • Prolific blooms, Little care needed, Great for pots.

      Dave H
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • I love this plane. Low Maintenance, Loves the sun, just water everyday.

      patricia carneal
      , Virginia
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • poor in midsummer high heat and full sun in high desert

      ruth sholtz
      , California
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • I loved this plant. Performed very well all summer. I had this in a container on my deck and had bluebird nemesia, marguerite daisies, light yellow calibachoa and some tall bright pink snapdragons. It was gorgeous!

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • This was easy to care for, and was a real trouper - looked as good at the end of the summer as it did at the beginning! Lasted well into the fall. I just picked it for a quick bit of color when I was expecting guests, but I'll get it again.

      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • I planted this in a pot with a red rose and it was a beautiful combination. It has wintered pretty well considering the pot it wintered in was not where it was planted. It rooted in it. I have recommended this plant to many people. And have even sold it to customers while I was plant shopping.

      Patricia Kokke
      , Mississippi
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • This was the first season I planted "Blue Bird". I was looking for some colorful annual filler plants for my perennial garden. I live at 8,650 feet elevation which is a gardening challenge and this plant was AMAZING! It surived hot, cold, hail, snow, dry spells and rain with perpetual blooms all season. As of yesterday, October 20, 2007, all of the plants were still full of blooms even after an early season snow. I will definitely plant more of these next year.

      Lauren Verno
      , Colorado
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
  • 11 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2008 Best of Breed for Winter North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2008 Best of Breed for Winter North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2008 Best of Breed for Winter North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2003 Top Performer Michigan State University
    2003 One of the Best Penn State
    2003 Top Performer Michigan State University
    2003 Top Performer Michigan State University
    2003 One of the Best Penn State
    2003 Top Performer Michigan State University
    2003 One of the Best Penn State
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